It’s the question we’re all asking – is it possible to bring dinosaurs back from the dead?
Groups of scientists are working on reviving species from passenger pigeons to woolly mammoths, is it such a big leap to bring back a dinosaur? It’s hard to imagine what it would be like to have dinosaurs alive today. See how modern day mammals match up to extinct reptiles in our latest issue.
Technically speaking, dinosaurs still exist today. Not only are there species alive now that lived alongside prehistoric beasts like the crocodile, but the ancestors of dinosaurs are all around us. They inhabit the land, sea and sky across the globe, and you’ve probably seen one in the last 24 hours.
Birds are descendants of ancient reptiles. Most scientists now think that many dinosaurs were feathered rather than scaly, including velociraptors. So the animals you’ve seen on the movie screen probably didn’t look like the films portrayed them. In fact, Jurassic Park made velociraptors more than twice the size they would have been. These dinosaurs were more similar in size to a chicken.
A lot of what you see on screens is Hollywood trickery. Obviously the sound team couldn’t record real dinosaurs, so they used noises from modern animals. The dinosaurs you heard in the films were voiced by animals such as horses and even tortoises. Read more about that here.
So, the million dollar question is: is it possible to revive an extinct species? Watch this video for the answer, you might just be surprised by what you hear…
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